iPhone application development question

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  1. TheNiceGuy

    TheNiceGuy Golden Member

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    Hello all
    I had an idea for a utility app when I bought my iphone 3gs years ago, and assumed something like it would be released soon as it seemed like a natural progression of the technology. I just recently checked, and was surprised that several apps have been released that utilize the technology for other purposes, but none do the task required. I personally know several thousand people who would pay about $10 for an app that will do exactly what is required.
    So my question: How would I go about sourcing people to produce this app? I can front the money, but I'm concerned about the idea or tech being stolen along development, as well as producing it reasonably as I am not a millionaire.
    Are there any copyrights in place for apps, or can anyone copy my idea once released?
    Any ideas where to start?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. dave_the_nerd

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    If it's an original idea, you can patent it.

    A developer working for you under contract would presumably have a noncompete and/or an NDA.

    In both cases, you'll probably want a lawyer to help you with the paperwork.
     
  4. TuxDave

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    If the Smart Phone wars taught me anything, it's that you cannot patent an idea. You can patent a method, but not an idea.
     
  5. dave_the_nerd

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    Quite right, I misspoke.
     
  6. TheNiceGuy

    TheNiceGuy Golden Member

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    Thanks. I'd be looking at a software developer from India/china etc to make development affordable. I need to do more networking to get the ball rolling.
     
  7. slugg

    slugg Diamond Member

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    Check your PM's :)
     
  8. TheNiceGuy

    TheNiceGuy Golden Member

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    Thanks